Release Day Review: Once Upon a Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday

Series: Outlaw Mail Order Brides #4 Genres: Historical Western Romance

When the West was wild and man's law favored the few, these extraordinary women could be the heart of an outlaw.

Accused of crimes he didn't commit, ex-preacher Ridge Steele is forced to give up everything he knew and make his home with outlaws. Desperate for someone to confide in, he strikes up correspondence with mail-order bride Adeline Jancy, finding in her the open heart he's been searching for. Upon her arrival, Ridge discovers Addie only communicates through the written word, but he knows a little of what trauma can do to a person and vows to stand by her side.

Addie is eager to start a new life with the kind ex-preacher and the little boy she's stolen away from her father--a zealot priest of a terrorized flock. As her small family settles into life at Hope's Crossing, she even begins to find the voice, and confidence, she'd lost so long ago.

But danger is not far behind, and her father will not be denied. While Addie desperately fights the man who destroyed her childhood, a determined Ridge races to the rescue. The star-crossed lovers will need more than prayers to survive this final challenge...and find their way back to each other again.


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**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I am very sad to see this amazing historical western romance series end. It is definitely one of my favorites in this subgenre and I have come to really love all the characters in it. Once Upon a Mail Order Bride tells the story of ex-preacher Ridge Steele, who now serves as the mayor of the outlaw town of Hope's Crossing. He is the last of the town's founders to meet his mail order bride Adeline Jancy. Addie has spent the last three years in solitary confinement below the prison, and has lost her voice because of the trauma she has been through. Ridge is very patient and just a great man in general, and he does his best to make sure that Addie's safe and can take all the time she needs to open up.

These two were an amazing couple and I really enjoyed seeing them grow closer together. They both have been through things in the past and I loved seeing them finally opening up to each other. Besides that I also loved seeing the individual growth of these characters. Especially Addie had a lot of trauma to deal with. She was very strong and determined and also loyal and protective. She will do anything in her power to protect and fight for the people she cares about. Ridge is the same and I thought they made such a beautiful couple.

I absolutely love Linda Broday's writing style and story-telling abilities. She really knows how to suck a reader in and have them connect and care about the story and characters. It was so much fun to see what all the main characters from the previous books were up to and I enjoyed being reunited with them. The transformation of this beautiful and wild outlaw town was phenomenal, I loved going on this journey with the characters. This series was funny, romantic, action-packed, and emotional. This series is a must-read for historical western romance readers. Also I want to encourage historical romance lovers to give this subgenre a chance, I think you'll enjoy the simple, exciting but very dangerous way of living in the wild west. I think this subgenre is underrated nowadays and I hope more new readers will give it a try.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor about the author

At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. After years of writing romance, it’s still tall rugged cowboys that spark her imagination. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold. She resides in the Texas Panhandle where she’s inspired every day.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Betul! Thank you for this awesome review. I'm so happy that you loved Ridge and Addie and all the people of Hope's Crossing. It is an amazing town where no one judges or speaks ill of anyone else. They all pull together in good times and bad. I wish I could live in this town and know the freedom of being who I was meant to be without prejudice or having to explain myself. I hope readers will give the book and the series a try. Thanks again for seeing Ridge and Addie as a couple in need of each other.


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